A presidential candidate will spend a maximum of KSh4.4 billion in the 2022 General Election, this is according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The electoral agency on Monday, August 9 released a gazette notice prescribing the maximum amount of money political candidates and political parties may spend in their 2022 campaigns.
The spending limit of candidates is dictated by the population and the geographical size of the specific area in which the candidate is vying.
Turkana, Nairobi and Marsabit counties have the highest spending limit for candidates eyeing gubernatorial, senatorial or woman representative seats at KSh123 million, KSh117.3 million and KSh114.8 million respectively.
Lamu (KSh21.9 million), Tharaka Nithi (KSh23.1 million) and Elgeyo Marakwet (KSh25.1 million) have the least spending limit for those vying for gubernatorial, senatorial or woman representative seats.
Political parties will be allowed to spend up to KSh17.7 billion as split in the table below…
- The contribution limits that a political party may receive during the expenditure period shall be 100% of the spending limits.
- The contribution limits that a political party candidate and independent candidate shall receive during the expenditure period shall be 100% of
the spending limits.
- Pursuant to section 12 (2) of the of the Election Campaign Financing Act, 2013, a contribution from a single source is limited to twenty
percent (20%) of the total contributions.
- The attention of candidates is drawn to the provisions of Section 18(7) of the Election Campaign Financing Act, 2013 that a candidate who or
a political party committee which exceeds the prescribed spending limits and fails to report this fact to the Commission commits an offence.
- The attention of candidates and political party committees is drawn to the provisions of section 23 and 24 of the Election Campaign Financing
Act, 2013 that a person convicted of an offence under this Act for which no penalty is provided shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two million
shillings or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or to both.